Quartz is the most commonly available mineral on earth. It is very sturdy as well. So they are very popular and a trustworthy choice for countertops. Quartz stone countertops are also known as man-made or engineered, but basically it is a natural stone.
Pros and cons of countertops made quartz
There are a lot of pros and cons of quartz countertops some of them are:
- These types of countertops are extremely hard-wearing
- They never need to be sealed, not like marble, granite etc which need regular maintenance
- They are non-absorbent, so they are stain resistant
- These are the popular choice of the designers and homeowners due to its beautiful colors, designs and patterns
- These types of countertops are scratch resistant
- Like any other natural stone countertop they can also get damaged by certain temperature changes
Comparison of quartz countertops with granite and marble countertops
Quartz is one of the hardest and sturdy minerals compared to any other minerals. Quartz countertops contain almost 93 percent quartz, which is extremely hard and powerful. On the other hand granite is composed of 40 to 60 percent of quartz and other soft minerals. Not only this granite also sucks up stains and liquids but quartz is entirely non-absorbent. Quartz countertops do not have the hassle of maintenance but granite countertops needs regular maintenance. In short quartz can be used in many exclusive applications which are not possible with granite.
Quartz countertops are much sturdier than marble countertops. Marble stains and scratches easily, but quartz countertops resist stains and scratches. Marble countertops needs regular maintenance but quartz countertops do not need to be polished. Quartz is non-absorbent so harmful bacteria and staining liquids are not absorbed.
Color and design of quartz countertops
Quartz stone countertops are available in a variety of patterns, colors and tones making them a multipurpose option for interior designs. This type of countertops comes in a variety of colors from bold pattern designs to solid monochromatic hues. There are many quartz designs that showcase earth or neutral tones and replicate the look of marble, granite and other stones. They are available in vibrant and unique colors that include blues, gold, red and green. The quartz design includes sparkle and shimmer with jewel like elements.